Additive manufacturing by Photonic Professional GT systems enables the fabrication of designer 3D cell scaffolds and hence access to pioneering findings based on an analytical understanding of the cells’ interaction with their micro-environment. Typical topics under investigation are the study of cell growth, cell migration or stem cell differentiation.
Here, the tailoring is achieved by on one hand a wide range of processable materials and on the other hand a resolution and feature sizes which, in combination, allow to mimic in vivo physiological environments. Accessible patterning scales cover sub-micrometer features as well as sample volumes of up to several 10 mm³ or lateral areas in the cm² range. Samples can be produced from biocompatible, cell binding/repelling, hydrophobic and hydrophilic polymers with different mechanical characteristics as well as hydrogels.